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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by nubtech, Sep 23, 2008.

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  1. nubtech

    nubtech Thread Starter

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    I reinstalled my OS (Vista) and the Windows Mail that comes with the system that I used is prompting me to create a new account and I don't know how access my old windows mail account but have the old hardrive saved on a backup.

    Any help?
     
  2. pjhutch

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    Account information is store in the registry (C:\Documents and Settings\username\ntuser.dat) which you need to copy to a temp folder and use File, Load Hive in Regedit to read it. Then expand:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER (or what ever the hive is called):
    \Identities\{long number}\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manger\Accounts to see what settings are stored.
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Open Windows mail and go "File", "Import" then messages or addressbook etc and lead it to your backup. You may actually have to go into the backup and copy and paste your old WM folder to the desktop to have this work properly depending on what you refer to as "old hard drive backup".
    Here is where the folders should be:
    C:\Users\your name\AppData\Local\Microsoft
     
  4. nubtech

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    Pjhutch, I have no documents and settings file in my C drive nor do I have a ntuser.dat file anywhere so that eliminated that option. Also I have no Internet Account Manager file in my Microsoft file.

    Rich-M, when I choose to import contacts it asks for a file type: CSV, LDIF, vCard, Windows Address Book File.

    I tried all 4 which weren't able to detect the contacts in the file that I put on the desktop, so I tried to switch the search options to all files, and then the contacts appeared but were not able to select.

    Moar help peez!
     
  5. davehc

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    The "Documents and Settings" in Vista is now a hidden system file and is not accessible to the normal users, nor is there a need to.
    Rich-M's suggestion should have worked. You did succeed with the import of the "Mail account" settings?
    If you have not yet used the Windows mail, and want all your old mail back here is another very quick way.
    go to:
    C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail in your old hard disk and copy the whole folder you find there (Local folders) to your new hard disk and to the same location.
    Contacts. Easy way there is to go to (Old disk) users - username - and copy the whole of the "Contacts" folder across to your new hard disk.
     
  6. pjhutch

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    The address book (wab file) normally lives in
    C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book on XP
    Try copying it to
    C:\Users\username\AppData\Microsoft\Address Book on Vista.

    As for account settings, if you exported your OE settings, they will be store in a .iaf file somewhere otherwise you need to either visit your ISP's web pages or ring them to get your account information again.
     
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    pjhutch. The OP says he reinstalled Vista. With respect, I think you may be diverting him with your reference to OE and "Documents and Settings"
     
  8. pjhutch

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    Ah, I was assuming that he had upgrading from XP to Vista. So, I assume his old backup actually contains a back up of his old Vista setup...

    Contacts can be copied direct from backup in c:\Users\username\Contacts and place them in the same location on your new Vista setup. No need to import them.
     
  9. nubtech

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    alright, I know how to get the contacts in there, that is quite easy. What my question was is how do I get the exact email address back. So say that there were emails stored in the address and I need them how would I contact my ISP and get them back? I would like the same email address so that I dont have to tell all my contacts a new address, and I had previous files and documents that I hadn't read yet and was saving.

    So how do I access it once again
     
  10. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

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    there is a little of a one way exchange here.
    quote "Rich-M, when I choose to import contacts it asks for a file type: CSV, LDIF, vCard, Windows Address Book File.

    I tried all 4 which weren't able to detect the contacts in the file that I put on the desktop, so I tried to switch the search options to all files, and then the contacts appeared but were not able to select."

    So you now have your contacts?

    Have you tried Rich-M's suggestion to import your accounts from your old hard drive?
    Not sure what you mean by Emails stored in the old addresses?
     
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